Hey you, moaning sleepless in your bed because you don’t have a Cabaret Voltaire box set amongst all your Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget, and The Normal paraphernalia to show your devotion to late-70s electronic UK post-punk music? Put down the Ambien, because the experimental Sheffield lads are here to make all your dreams come true. ESPECIALLY if all your dreams are about dancing to the wee hours on ‘ludes and other weird 80s drugs at a sexy disco in hell.
Behold! The magickal witches at Mute Records have conjured up only the finest in Cabaret Voltaire box set offerings: a 6CD/4LP/2DVD box set called #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985) that’s due November 5, mere days after the spooooookiest day of the year! The box set includes remastered tracks from the band’s four mid-period releases: The Crackdown, Micro-Phonies, Drinking Gasoline, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, plus a CD recording of the band’s 12-inch tracks from the era and yet another CD recording of unreleased tracks called Earthshaker. As for the DVDs, the first is Cabaret Voltaire Live, which presents two 1984 performances at the Bedford Boys Club and at the Hammersmith Palais, respectively, and the other, Gasoline in Your Eye, is a reissue of a previously VHS-only 1985 release that included four promotional videos. Ahh the magic of the box set!
Naturally, you also get a really long (40 pages) booklet, with notes about Earthshaker, sleeve notes by founding member Richard H. Kirk, and an essay by Phil Barnes. Then in early 2014, Mute Records will release #7885 (Electro Punk to Techno Pop 1978 - 1985), a box set of Katy Perry’s earliest home demos. JK — it’s a compilation of an even LONGER era in the Cabaret Voltaire discography.
Listen to a sampler of bits from #8385 below, and preorder here.